A pipeline explosion Saturday outside the town will leave Niverville, Man., without natural gas for anywhere between one and several days. The pipeline is owned by TransCanada, the company that would like to build the Keystone XL pipeline to carry crude oil from northern Alberta to Nebraska.
The Manitoba explosion and fire caused no immediate injury and TransCanada claims there is no risk to anyone nearby.
While the pipeline is shut down residents are being encouraged to restrict their electricity use; the area uses a mix of natural gas and electricity to warm their homes, and with expected temperatures below -20 C, they will need as much power as possible just to keep warm.
[Canada.com] [image via jasonwoodhead23/Flickr]